Industry – Business Aviation News Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Industry – Business Aviation News 32 32 142066361 GULFSTREAM OFFERS CARBON OFFSETS TO OPERATORS Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:18:39 +0000 SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 20, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced a new service that reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability and provides Gulfstream operators with the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their flights.

Participants pay an annual fee based on aircraft utilization to fund activities that generate an equal reduction in carbon emissions.

“This service responds to our customers’ growing commitment to sustainability and aligns well with our environmental strategy, which includes designing some of the quietest, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the industry and promoting and using sustainable aviation fuel,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Many of our operators want to leverage the benefits of business aviation in an eco-friendly way and this allows them to do so. Through their participation in this service, they can be part of the solution for meeting aviation’s goals for global emissions reduction.”

Gulfstream’s carbon offset service is among a comprehensive portfolio of offerings in the company’s turnkey support, operations and maintenance program, Aircraft Ownership Service (AOS), launched in late 2017. Designed to simplify a Gulfstream operator’s experience, AOS enables aircraft owners, flight departments and management companies to customize aircraft services for their needs. Customers choose the services, set the contract term and then receive a consolidated monthly invoice.

Gulfstream does not charge operators a fee to administer its carbon offset service, and there is no contractual commitment. Customers simply let Gulfstream know their projected annual flight hours and are invoiced a monthly fee, which is invested in environmentally beneficial activities through a third-party provider chosen by Gulfstream.

“Our provider will report annually what projects the carbon offset funds are used for,” Burns said. “These certified and verified projects that benefit the climate have included wind energy, forest management, farm power and recovery and utilization of landfill gas.”

One carbon offset represents the reduction of 1 metric ton/2,205 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

There are several elements to Gulfstream’s sustainability program, including aircraft sustainability, eco-friendly buildings and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its corporate, demonstration, Customer Support and Flight Test fleets in Savannah. In addition, Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California, maintenance and completions facility sells SAF to customers and uses it for Completions and delivery flights.

For more information about Gulfstream’s carbon offset service, customers may email

As Hurricane Dorian Dawdles Private Jets Are Speeding Rescue And Aid Missions Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:17:24 +0000 Like many in business aviation, Dorian isn’t providing any surprises, but is another example of the industry’s often less covered key role in responding to natural disasters, evacuating people out of local airports not served by airlines and providing the leading edge of relief supplies.

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Stephen M. Dickson Sworn in as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:48:35 +0000

WASHINGTONStephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety.

Recognizing Acting Administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao stated, “I’m grateful for Acting Administrator Dan Elwell’s steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history.” As FAA Administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He will oversee a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and focus on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance,” said Captain Dickson. “Nowhere else in the world sees the volume, complexity and pace of innovation that we have in America. Maintaining the highest levels of safety while adapting to technological advancements will be a key part of our success. I am honored to be able to help write the next chapter in the history of the FAA.”

Dickson recently retired from service as the Senior Vice President-Flight Operations for Delta Air Lines. In this role, he was responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta’s global flight operations, as well as pilot training, crew resources, crew scheduling, and regulatory compliance. He also flew in line operations as an A320 captain, and previously flew the B727, B737, B757, and B767 during his career. Dickson is a strong advocate for commercial aviation safety and improvements to our National Airspace System, having served as chairman of several industry stakeholder groups and Federal advisory committees. A former United States Air Force Officer and F-15 fighter pilot, Dickson is a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1979 at the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude.

FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as FAA Deputy Administrator upon Administrator Dickson assuming office.

FAA Issues Reminder on GA ADS-B Rebate Rules Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:52:35 +0000 WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to remind general aviation operators taking advantage of the agency’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate program that rebate reservations must be made within 90 days of the installation of the appropriate equipment.

Operators have 90 days from the time the reservation is made to install compliant ADS-B avionics. If not, the rebate will expire and be made available to others.

The FAA last month issued the last of 20,000 $500 rebate reservations offered to general aviation aircraft owners. Since then, returned or expired reservations are made available each Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET on a first-come, first-served basis.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $779 Million in Funding for Airport Infrastructure Wed, 15 May 2019 16:01:52 +0000 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. 

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase their safety, capacity, and security. Airports are vital to the local and regional economy and support critical transportation needs.

This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205 million awarded in the first tranche of supplemental AIP funding in September 2018. The recipients of the selected grants will meet any remaining required approvals. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, capacity, and could support further potential growth and development within each airport’s region.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Federal Register notice on July 9, 2018, explaining the evaluation criteria and submission process. After the FAA awarded $205 million to 37 airports in 34 states in September 2018, airports in October 2018 submitted additional funding requests for grant awards in fiscal years 2019 or 2020.

Under the Secretary’s leadership, the FAA is administering the supplemental funding to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports. These investments increase the nation’s competitiveness and improve the quality of life for the traveling public. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. 

The requirements under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 include:

  • Requiring the FAA to give “priority consideration” to specific types of airports (smaller and more rural airports);
  • For non-primary airports, there is no local match required for the work covered by the grant; and
  • Requiring the FAA to obligate the supplemental funding by September 2020.

Please find the list of supplemental grant awards on our website.

Trump privately pushing personal pilot to run FAA Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:49:14 +0000 The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States.

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Executive AirShare bumps pilot pay to curb attrition Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:28:38 +0000 Mitchel said attracting new and retaining current pilots is important for the company in the background of a broader pilot shortage. Although Executive AirShare doesn’t compete with major airlines for pilots, it does with other corporate aircraft operators as well as regional airlines.

Bombardier CFO says used business jet market inching toward sellers Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:22:07 +0000 The market for higher-end, pre-owned business jets is beginning to favor sellers, after years where buyers had the upper hand because of elevated supply, Bombardier Inc’s chief financial officer said on Thursday.

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GAMA Presents 2017 Year-End Aircraft Shipment and Billings Numbers Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:23:44 +0000 The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the 2017 year-end aircraft shipment and billings numbers at its “State of the Industry” press conference.

GAMA Chairman Phil Straub, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Garmin Aviation, announced that airplane shipments globally increased 2.5 percent from 2,268 units in 2016 to 2,324 units in 2017 from the same reporting companies. Conversely, airplane billings declined 4.2 percent, from $21.1 billion to $20.2 billion. Worldwide rotorcraft shipments rose 7.5 percent, from 861 units in 2016 to 926 units in 2017. Rotorcraft billings increased by 1.4 percent, from 3.6 billion in 2016 to 3.7 billion in 2017.

Notable from these numbers is that the rotorcraft segment stabilized after several years of declining deliveries. Piston rotorcraft experienced the largest increase of all segments at 264 unit deliveries compared to 224 in 2016, a 17.9 percent increase. Preliminary turbine rotorcraft data also indicates an increase of 3.9 percent, to 662 aircraft delivered.

Business jet airplane deliveries grew slightly, by 1.3 percent, rising from 667 to 676 units. Driving this growth are the several new aircraft models that entered into service in 2017. Turboprop deliveries slowed to 563 airplanes, compared to 582 deliveries in 2016; a 3.3 percent decline, while piston airplane shipments strengthened by 6.5 percent, to 1,085 units.

“The 2017 year-end results were encouraging, especially with the delivery growth we saw in the business jet, piston airplane and rotorcraft segments,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “Looking ahead, we’re optimistic given some very positive economic indicators, stabilization in the used business aircraft market, new manufacturing techniques spurred by additive manufacturing, and innovative aerospace technologies driving urban air mobility platforms, electric and hybrid propulsion, unmanned aerial vehicles and commercial space.”

Segment 2016 2017 Change
Piston Airplanes 1,019 1,085 +6.5%
Turboprops 582 563 -3.3%
Business Jets 667 676 +1.3%
Total Airplane Units 2,268 2,324 +2.5%
Total Airplane Billings $21.1B $20.2B -4.2%
Piston Rotorcraft 224 264 +17.9%
Turbine Rotorcraft(*) 637 662 +3.9%
Total Rotorcraft Units 861 926 +7.5%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $3.6B $3.7B +1.4%

(*) Leonardo Helicopters will release fourth-quarter results in March 2018. GAMA will update the online 2017 report then. For the purpose of comparison, GAMA excluded 2016 fourth quarter data for Leonardo.

Please visit the GAMA website for the most up-to-date data, and to access the 2017 GAMA annual report.

Corporate-Jet Sales Sag for Third Year Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:15:12 +0000 Business-jet sales dropped for a third year in 2017 as a commodities bust dried up orders of large aircraft from oil-rich customers.

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